Originally Posted by jnwohio
If they bring Homer up in Sept. even if it is with the understanding he is just to "watch and learn", if the Reds are in the race and one day there is a developing situation mid to late game which ends up with the Reds absolutely needing a K, do you think in the heat of battle Narron will be able to restrain himself from using Bailey? (I am assuming that watching and learning includes warming up from time to time as a decoy).
The problem with putting Bailey on the roster is you have to put him on the 40man roster early, starting his arbitration clock. They won't bring him up in September unless they actually plan to use him. If they just want him "sitting on the bench to observe", he won't be placed on the 40 man, so he can't be suddenly used. it will have to be planned.